€11,50 – €38,50
With its intriguing and indulgent flavour profile, Rwandan Intango will make you a permanent resident of the lap of luxury. The Intango washing station is run by Gilbert Gatali, a woke dude who heavily invests in the quality of the beans and advocates for women in managerial positions. Yas Gilbert! Like a very expensive bonbon, dark chocolate notes are delightfully followed by the bold, bright-pink aroma of bubblegum and then softened by delicate jasmine notes.
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Picture this: you just put on your finest garments, fixed your hair, polished your shoes, got your nails did and are now waiting for the limo to whisk you away to a star-studded, completely over-the-top event. Feels good, right? When drinking Rwandan showstopper Intango, you’ll permanently reside in the lap of luxury, since this coffee’s intriguing set of flavours and aromas is both extravagant and indulgent.
Like a very expensive bonbon. Dark chocolate notes are delightfully followed by the bold, bright-pink aroma of bubblegum and then softened by delicate jasmine notes. Then, you’ll get hit with some sweet, refreshing pineapple and we definitely sniffed out some hints of strawberry during cupping.
The story – the farm
For us, this is the first time we’re working with this trader, This Side Up and we’re very keen on their transparency. They’re open and honest about what’s what and that fits in seamlessly with our own values.
Back to the star of the show: Intango. Intango (pronounced: Inango) is Kinyarwanda for “beginning” and it’s both the name of this bean and the washing station that it comes from. That Intango means beginning is fitting, because starting this washing station with his best friend Gervais, was the beginning of Rwandan-born Canadian, Gilbert Gatali’s dream.
The Intango washing station sits on the edge of Lake Kivu that Rwanda shares with its neighbours in the Congo. Here, Gilbert takes the beans of some 400 smallholders in the area to create the cup you’re about to enjoy. To some, this may seem like a modest number, but it provides Gilbert with a clear overview and with that, the chance to create a communal “home room” for farmers, staff and the community where they can come together, learn and grow. Gilbert invests in both bean quality and environmental sustainability (e.g. uses organic fertilisation and shade trees) and is an advocate for women in managerial positions. Yas Gilbert!
- Washing Station: Intango
- Farmers: 400 smallholders
- Region: Lake Kivu
- Varietal: French Mission, Jackson, Mbirizi
- Altitude: 1,500m – 1,900m
- Process: Natural
- Harvest Period: March – June
- Flavour: Dark chocolate, bubblegum, jasmine, pineapple & hints of strawberry
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